St. John's Group Email Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:24

Joseph Schexnider has been found.

May I tell you his story? In 1984, Joseph Schexnider had been charged with having the possession of a stolen car. That was the beginning of his difficulties, but Schexnider compounded his problems by missing his scheduled court appearance. When the police showed up at his home to arrest him, that's when Joseph Schexnider decided to disappear.

He did a good job. He disappeared for 27 years. During that time nobody, not his mother, nor his family knew where he had gone.

But now Joseph Schexnider has been found, sort of.

As best as anyone can figure out, Schexnider decided to finance his disappearance by robbing the local bank. In all probability that was his intention when he slid down the bank's unused chimney.

I ought to say that differently. Schexnider started to slide down the chimney. He made it part way and then he got stuck -- permanently stuck.

Joseph Schexnider's mother never reported him missing because she knew the police were after her boy. The family never reported him missing because Schexnider had a habit of leaving town without telling them where he was going, or how long he would be gone.

Authorities surmise that 27 years ago Joseph Schexnider, stuck in a bank's chimney, died of dehydration. Knowing that nobody knew where he was, that nobody was looking for him, it had to be a long, a lonely way to die.

Of course, there was one Person who knew where Schexnider was. I wonder if during those long hours, were his thoughts ever turned to the Lord? Did he ask for help? Did he pray for forgiveness? Did he receive comfort from the knowledge the Savior wanted to be with him? The Lord alone knows the answers to those questions.

Now I doubt that any of us have ever felt as alone as Joseph Schexnider did. Even so, almost all of us have times when we feel alone. Most of us have experienced days, weeks and months when we felt nobody cared about us, nobody was looking for us, nobody would notice if we just disappeared.

If you have ever experienced these feelings, I hope you know there is no place where we can go that is too hidden for the Lord not to know where we are.

Even more, the Lord who knows, also cares. He who gave His Son to carry our sins and save our souls from eternal damnation always cares.

There is comfort in that knowledge we have a Lord and Savior who will always care -- no matter where we are, or in what situation we get stuck.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for keeping tabs on me, I give thanks. For caring about where I am and what happens to me, I give thanks. For sending Your Son to save my soul, I shall always be grateful. Now I pray You will keep me safe. This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen.

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:   What was Ezekiel supposed to do in the tenth year and tenth month on the twelfth day of that month?  He was to bring an oracle against Egypt
Diane Hance is our two day champion!
TODAY'S QUIZ: Was Babylon north or south of Israel? 
Let's make this a contest as well.  Look it up in your catechism and give me an answer!!
Question: What is using satanic arts by God's name?
Thurs- ministerial alliance meeting at St. John's 9am
Fri- Assemble newsletter 9am; Men's fellowship and BBQ 6pm at pavillion
Sat- Ladies retreat 9am-9pm; worship 5pm
Sun- Bible study 8am; worship 9am; Bible study 10:30; Youth Group meet at 10:15 at church to clean up highway; fellowship meeting at Schirrs 7pm
This is a time for men to come to the pavilion at church, bring your favorite food to grill along with a side to share and your favorite beverage.  We will just hang out, maybe have a short devotion, get to know each other, and relax. 
I don't know too much about this day, because I'm not a woman.  What I do know is that the sign up sheet is on the table in the narthex and the ladies always have a wonderful time of fellowship, Bible study, and relaxation!
It is one of the highlights of my year.  Great golf, even better food, and excellent friends all gathered together in the fellowship of God and His Word.  Call 359-1061 or email me to ask all the questions you want. 
If you don't want to stay for the whole weekend, just come up for the day on Saturday.  If want to stay for the whole weekend but don't want to sleep in the bunkhouses there are many other options including camping in tents on the grounds, going to a campground nearby that has hookups, or staying in the hotels in Perry or Monroe City only a few miles away

The ninth annual T-3 Men's Retreat is set for Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 2011.  This promises to be another great experience for the men of St John's and other Lutheran congregations in the St. Charles area.  In fact, men from all over the metro area have joined this special time in the past.  Men 18 years of age or older are eligible and they need not be Lutheran to attend.  The retreat will be held at Mark Twain State Park at the Si Coburn Group Camp.  This is a beautiful setting  for a weekend of adventure and growth.  The theme of this year's retreat is "Respectable Sins" and the study times during the retreat will be spent exploring the areas of our lives where we have come to accept less than God might want from us. 

The retreat will feature great food and a lot of activities  A scramble golf tournament, fishing tournament, trap and skeet shooting competition, and euchre tournament all take place on Saturday morning.   If none of these interest you, you may choose to spend time reading, hiking , biking, site seeing, or napping.  Prizes are awarded to tournament winners at dinner on Saturday evening. Campfires on Friday and Saturday nights provide the opportunity to get to know others better under the stars.   Music is a big part of the camp experience and you will enjoy hearing and singing familiar songs with the 100+ men who typically attend.  The culminating worship service on Sunday morning is a special time of praising God for all His gifts to us and a great way to prepare us to return to our homes and lives.

The cost of the retreat is only $42 and this includes meals and a commemorative tee-shirt.  Attendees have the option of staying in group cabins or tent camping on the grounds at no additional charge.  You can even arrange to stay in a local motel near the camp at reduced rates if you like.

A brochure with all information and a registration form will be available soon in the narthex.  You can also register online at using PayPal.  It is really easy and you can see pictures of the camp and facilities there, too.

This is the year for you to go to the T-3 (trap-tackle-tees) Retreat.  Sign up, meet new friends, bring old friends, and join in the fun of growing your faith.  For more information, contact  Don Hugo at Zion –636 441-7425 ext 246 or home 636 441-9954.


20-  Mauch

21- Panhorst


27- Perricone

28- Sweet


3- mckenzie

4- Panhorst


10- Perricone

11- Schaumberg


17- Perricone

18- Heitgerd


24-  Mauch

25- mckenzie


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2- Panhorst



9- Winn



16- Heitgerd


22- mckenzie

23- Schaumberg


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23- (Thanksgiving Eve) mckenzie

24- (Thanksgiving Day)




1. Sunday, August 28 HIGHWAY CLEAN UP right after church.  After we are done cleaning up we are planning on going to the park for a picnic!  Please come and bring a dish to share. 
2. Sept 30 and October 1- Firstfruits weekend at the ROCK.  Pastor Randy Wilken invites groups to come down to St. Louis on the first weekend of each month to serve, worship, and fellowship with other Christians from around the area.  We are signed up to go down there Friday, Sept 30 and Sat, Oct 1!  It is an unforgetable and wonderful experience.  Make plans ot attend!
3. Last Sunday of each month- HANGING OUT WITH PASTOR- We will meet at different time and at different locations throughout the year to have some fun and to get into God's Word.  In August we will meet to clean up the highway and have a picnic after worship.  Most of the time we will meet on Sunday evenings. 
Invite your friends to all of these things.  It is a great way for them to see that Christianity is pretty cool and can be a lot of fun! 
PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
For LIL WINTER who is home and recovering but will need more tests and will need to get a pacemaker sometime soon.

For PAUL TOEDEBUSCH who is awaiting test results on a biopsy.
For MOLLY HENDERSHOT as she continues her treatments and is doing well. 
For PEGGY GILKEY who is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
For JONAS BORCHERT, grandson of Don Nolte, who continues to be up and down because of chemotherapy treatments.   
For EVELYN SHERMAN who is home and recovering well from a broken hip.
For RUTH CANTRELL who is at home and STILL recovering very slowly.  
OUR CHURCH as we continue the CARE PROCESS.  


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